It looks like Michael Chiklis is about to get in touch with his freaky side.
During Friday night's 'American Horror Story' PaleyFest panel, the cast and crew of the popular FX series gathered around to reminisce about 'Coven' and preview what's to come for Season 4's 'Freak Show' — which will now, apparently, include the likes of Chiklis!
Show co-creator Ryan Murphy officially announced the actor's addition to his twisted team of misfits at the panel, marking the Emmy and Golden Globe winner's return to FX six years after 'The Shield' ended its run.
"[This is] somebody who I have loved for many, many years and courted for many, many years and we finally found the right role for him," Murphy said before Chiklis came out on stage. And it seems the star is just as excited about his new gig.
"I can't think of a better way to come back to my home network then to join this magnificent cast," Chiklis said. "It's going to be creepy and we're going to scare you. I'm ready and I'm up for it whatever comes my way."
As for the role itself, though the series normally likes to keep plot details close to the vest, Murphy did let slip that Chiklis will play ex-husband to Kathy Bates and father to Evan Peters.
Murphy also revealed that everyone on the PaleyFest stage would be returning for the fourth season in "some capacity."
It was previously announced that Bates, Peters, Paulson, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy will play performers that Jessica Lange's character has rescued, but they were also joined onstage by Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer. So it looks like we'll be seeing them as well.
In fact, Murphy hinted that there would likely be other returning faces from the first few seasons. "Once you're on, you're on," he remarked.
As previously reported, the next chapter of 'AHS' will be set in Jupiter, Florida, circa 1950, with Lange portraying a German ex-pat who runs one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. And we're sure it'll be a performance we won't soon forget...even if we wanted to.
"The thing we're working on now is the opposite of what we did last year," Murphy said. "It's not a circus and it's not a carnival. It's a freak show, which is very unique."
In addition to his aforementioned run on 'The Shield,' Chiklis’ previous TV credits include 'No Ordinary Family' and 'Vegas.'